Just as a PowerPoint slide decks capture the attention of the audience with its animations and transitions, a video with audio and narration captures the attention in a very highly effective way. There stands no doubt over the power of visual content in corporate communications where video provides a more engaging medium to deliver concise messages to large audiences.
The recording function of Microsoft PowerPoint captures all elements (narration, animation, pointer movements, timings, and so on) of a presentation, and converts it into a video that your audience can watch without having to click through.
There are two options when turning your presentation into a video that's ready to view:
- Save/ export your presentation to a video file format (.mp4 or .wmv), or
- Save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show (.ppsx) file. (When someone opens a PowerPoint Show file, it appears full-screen in Slide Show, ready to view immediately.)
This article will walk you through the steps of recording video presentations using PowerPoint and saving in video file format (.mp4 or .wmv).
For PowerPoint's detailed features, click on Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Presentation Software.
1. Run your slide-deck in Microsoft PowerPoint and navigate to the point in the slides from where you would like to start your capture.
2. From the top menu tabs, select the Slide Show tab:
i. Under the Slide Show tab, click on Record Slide Show
ii. Click on the little black arrow next to Record Slide Show label for more options. The first option allows you to start the Recording from the beginning, while the second option lets you start the recording from the current slide.
3. Next, a small popup dialog appears allowing you to select what to record with your presentation:
- Slide and animation timings: This feature in PowerPoint automatically records the time you spend on each slide, including any animation steps that occur, and the use of any triggers on each slide.
- Narrations, ink, and laser pointer: Checking this box will allow you to record your voice as you run through your presentation. If you use the pen, highlighter, eraser, or laser pointer, PowerPoint records those for playback as well.
Pen, highlighter, and eraser recording are available only if you have the February 16, 2015 update for PowerPoint 2013 or a later version of PowerPoint installed. In earlier versions of PowerPoint, pen and highlighter strokes are saved as ink annotation shapes.
Click on the Start Recording button to start your recording.
4. Once the recording starts, a toolbar appears on the top-left corner of the window.
You can use this toolbar to:
- Go to the next slide using the right arrow button ()
- Pause the recording using the pause button ()
- Re-record the current slide using the back button ()
If you re-record your narration (including audio, ink, and laser pointer), PowerPoint erases your previously recorded narration (including audio, ink, and laser pointer) when you start recording again on the same slide.
5. On a paused recording, the following dialog appears. Click on Resume Recording to continue where you left off:
6. To end your recording, right-click on the slide and select End Show.
When you finish recording your narration, a sound icon appears in the lower-right corner of each slide that has narration.
The recorded slide show timings are automatically saved. Timings are shown in Slide Sorter view just beneath each slide.
A video file is not created by this recording process. However, if you want a video file, you can save your presentation as a video with a few extra steps described in the next section.
Save Your Recording As Video
The recording process does not save the recording as a video file but you can save it using the following steps:
1. Use the top navigation and select File >> Save As
2. From the Save as type, select MPEG-4 Video to save the presentation as a Mpeg-4 video format. You can then use this file and upload it to your VIDIZMO portal to use it an as On-demand video or schedule a Live Streaming session.
To learn more about uploading media in VIDIZMO, click here on How To Upload Media.
To set up a live webcast, click here on How To Schedule A Live Webcast In VIDIZMO.
For more details, click here to learn how to save your presentation as a video with a few extra steps.
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